SNHL Faculty Present at Health Educator Conference

Professors Rudel and Teske presenting their research and poster at the Health Educator Conference

The 2015 Minnesota Health Educator Conference, “Journey Toward Excellence”, was held from April 29th to May 1st at Rochester Community and Technical College, and two of our SNHL Faculty attended.

The faculty members, Rebecca (Becky) Rudel, Ph.D., MSN, RN-CNE and Victoria (Vicki) Teske, MS, APRN, CNP, GNP-BC, presented their research on How QSEN Competencies Frame the “Finishing Bookend” in an RN-BSN Program:

This presentation extends results of a recent gap analysis of MSUM’s RN-BSN curriculum. In this process, the program intentionally reviewed the focus on QSEN competentices from the base of the AD-RN education. With rethinking old paradigms, there is now a focus on systems thinking as a critical aspect in applying the QSEN competencies. “Bookending” is a way to package an educational experience so that the whole of the experience is wrapped for most meaning. We present the exciting strategy of introducing the QSEN competencies in the first RN-BSN course, and how BSN students demonstrate QSEN competencies in the final program course with real-world experience from systems level application.

In addition to their own presentation, our faculty also went to presentations on the following subjects:

Patient Safety Reconsidering Nursing’s Role – Expanding the view of safety to go from an individual perspective to a system point of view, describing the state of healthcare errors and the role of the nurse in making a difference in the quality of patient care, and considering the role of the nurse and the impact of team functioning on patient safety and quality of care

Using National Initiatives to Transform Healthcare Education – Looking at several national initiatives that have been developed during the last decade to transform healthcare education, and providing examples of how the implementation of those initiatives can have significant impacts on patient care, as well as looking at curricular programs that improve systems and identifying strategies to reduce barriers to interprofessional communication and collaborative practice.

Rethinking Clinical Learning: Are We Preparing Students for the Complexity of Practice? – Exploring the strengths and limitations of current approaches to clinical education, and considering specific ways in which clinical education could be reformed to better prepare students for practice, looking at the current research.

Teaching Pharmacology with safeMedicate® – Discussing the learning methodologies related to math calculations and the application of those calculations to nursing medication administration skills, presenting the process of teaching and developing the math skills necessary to accurately calculate medication dosages, and addressing the methods to advance nursing knowledge and medication skill competency.


Finally, our faculty also attended the Certified Nurse Educator Review and met national nurse education leader, Dr. Diane Billings, the keynote speaker and main presenter.


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